Darcy Preston scores double century on debut

DOUBLE centuries don’t come along very often, let alone on debut.

But Kiata teenager Darcy Preston, who is studying year 12 at St Patrick’s College in Ballarat, achieved the feat on Saturday in his first game for Ballarat Cricket Association club Golden Point.

One of the Wimmera region’s most exciting junior prospects, Preston came to the crease at number four in the club’s fourth grade, two-day match against Coronet City and proceeded to dispatch the opposition’s bowling to all parts of the ground on his way to 227.

“I was pretty happy, I just wanted to get as many as I could – but I was a bit disappointed to be run out with 12 overs to go,” Preston said.

“I wasn’t really expecting to get a game, but I got picked in the fourths and the rest is history.

"It probably wasn’t the strongest bowling line-up I’ve faced, but it looks good on paper.”

"It probably wasn’t the strongest bowling line-up I’ve faced, but it looks good on paper.” - Darcy Preston, about scoring a double ton on his debut

The modest 16-year-old spent multiple hours at the crease in temperatures nearing 40 degrees, and said his drives through mid-off and cover were two of his most successful shots.

Preston featured in 241-run and 175-run partnerships, as his Golden Point side finished the day with a massive total of 7-665 from 80 overs.

After participating at the under-18 state championships last month as a bottom-age Western Waves player, Preston said his target was making an impact at next year’s tournament.

“Hopefully I can make the Waves squad top age next year and see where that takes me,” he said.

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